Chechnya leader inaugurates new mosque in Israel

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 23 at 10:33 AM

ABU GHOSH, Israel (AP) — The president of Russia's republic of Chechnya has inaugurated a new, $10 million mosque in an Arab village in Israel.

Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday that it was an honor to visit "this good and holy land" during a stop in the village of Abu Ghosh.

Isa Jabar, the village's mayor, says Chechnya donated $6 million for the mosque. He says some villagers trace their ancestry to 16th century Chechnya and the Caucus region.

The mosque was built in the Ottoman Turkish style, the favored architectural style in Chechnya. It features four minarets, making it the only mosque of its kind in Israel.

Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, enjoys good ties with its Jewish neighbors and is a popular culinary destination for Israelis.

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